We Talk To Chat Moderator Michelle About Getting Creative…And Mankini’s!

Hi Michelle! So, where are you from? I’m from Twickenham in South West London. When people hear that, they always ask if I like rugby – sadly I’m not a massive fan! How long have you been a CM, and how did you get the job? I became a CM in December, so it’s coming […]

Hi Michelle! So, where are you from?

I’m from Twickenham in South West London. When people hear that, they always ask if I like rugby – sadly I’m not a massive fan!

How long have you been a CM, and how did you get the job?

I became a CM in December, so it’s coming up to a year now! I’ve actually worked for Gala for the past three years though. I was working in the customer services department when I saw the CM position advertised, I was so excited when I got the job!

Tell us about your best bingo experience?

Oh that’s easy – I had my best bingo experience in Gala Feltham!  My mum pointed out that I’d missed a number being called.  Three numbers later and I’d won £400! We were all high-fiving each other as I’d so nearly missed out – luckily my mum was paying attention! When I got home I threw all the money up in the air as if I were in a film! It was great.

What do you like about being a CM?

I love being a CM. It’s just so nice to enjoy work – and it feels like such a bonus to get paid for something I love doing. Chatting to the roomies is great fun, so often I sit there in hysterics at some of the stories people tell me! I also love how it fits in to my life, and around my kids. I’m happy with every aspect of the job!

What’s creating a buzz in the chat rooms at the moment?

Lots of people are talking about Presenter Quest! It’s really fun to talk about, and roomies egg each other on, trying to convince people to take part! It’s especially good when roomie regular auditions, everyone gets really excited to see them and the support is fantastic. It’s a real community atmosphere!

What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?

Someone once asked if my husband wears a Mankini! I just cracked up laughing!  We then all spent about an hour talking about Mankini’s – it was very funny!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I have two children, a 5-year-old, and an 18-month-old so they take up a lot of my time! I go to various playgroups, baby classes and meet other mums for coffee. I also love getting creative. When I have a bit of time to myself I like to make things – whether it’s sewing or pottery!

Thanks Michelle, it was lovely talking to you!

Chat Moderator Jan tells us about getting to know roomies, and why she loves her job!

Hi Jan! So, first things first – where are you from? I’m from Aberdeen in Scotland. It’s a lovely place – very cold in the winter though! How long have you been a CM and how did you get the job? I became a CM in February so I’ve been doing it for about six […]

Hi Jan! So, first things first – where are you from?

I’m from Aberdeen in Scotland. It’s a lovely place – very cold in the winter though!

How long have you been a CM and how did you get the job?

I became a CM in February so I’ve been doing it for about six months now. I’d been playing in my local Gala club for about four years before I heard about the job – I’d wanted to be a chat moderator for a while so I applied straight away! There were quite a lot of people interviewing for the role, so I was so happy when I got it.

Tell us about your first bingo experience?

My first bingo experience was quite a few years ago now – but I won 2 lines, full house and the jackpot the first couple of times I played – about £3000! I’ve loved it ever since. I won a fair few times at Gala before becoming a CM too!

What do you like most about being a chat moderator?

I love being a CM. I’m paid to talk about anything and everything! When I was a roomie I loved chatting anyway, so to be on the other side is brilliant. My favourite aspect of the job is probably getting to know the roomies – we talk about such different topics everyday! Sometimes I feel a bit like an agony aunt, chatting to people about their problems, other times we’ll all discuss our favourite films – the variety is great.

What’s creating the biggest buzz in the chat rooms?

People are really excited about the Ultimate bingo championship – a lot of people wanted the chance to go to Gibraltar! No lose bingo is always popular too – although with Gala there’s always so much going on, and so many exciting new games and promotions to discuss.

What’s the strangest question you have been asked in a chat?

Someone once asked me if I worked from home, and when I said I did – asked if I ever get dressed! I had to point out that I do Skype the Gala TV gang, so it might be a bit strange if I were in my PJ’s. I haven’t been asked anything really strange though…not yet anyway.

What do you like doing outside of work?

I have two children, aged 14 and 4, so they keep me on my toes! I love spending time with them. I also love watching films. I prefer rom-coms and films like the 40-year-old Virgin, but my boyfriend likes horror films – I’m not such a fan, I have to cover my eyes!